If you want to see what could end up being the “Comet of the Century,” then there’s only one place to go. The Fleet Science Center will be hosting an early morning comet-viewing party on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 5:30 in the morning! Come for the coffee and stay to get a great look at Comet ISON with the Space Geek Team.
Located at 1875 El Prado in San Diego’s gorgeous Balboa Park, the Fleet Science Center is always one of the top attractions to visit in “America’s Finest City,” but the approach of Comet ISON is just another reason to add to the list. Grab some grub at Galileo’s Café and watch Comet ISON as it streaks through the San Diego sky from 5:45 to 6:30 early on Tuesday morning.
The Space Geek Team will be on hand to share their knowledge about the comet (and help you locate it in the sky) and, given that it isn’t 100 percent certain that the comet will be visible, guests like Fleet Astronomer Dr. Lisa Will, Planetarium Producer John Young and Fleet sky photographer Mary Anderson will be appearing free of charge.
After the comet passes, you may want to stay at the Fleet Science Center for a bit and check out the 12 permanent exhibitions that deal with everything from the far reaches of outer space to the inner workings of the human body. Exhibits like “Aging for All Ages,” “Gallery of Illusions and Perceptions” and “So Watt” are sure to capture your attention and imagination.
Backs to Comet ISON…
The “Comet of the Century” is being watched by 16 space-based assets, including astronauts aboard the International Space Station. On its way from Oort Cloud, ISON is visiting our solar system for the first time and it is possible that it won’t survive the trip after its approach of the sun on Nov. 28, 2013 (two days after the event at the Fleet Science Center). If that does happen, there will be another comet from the Oort Cloud visiting next year!
Want know more about ISON? Surprisingly enough, there’s an app for that…